An untruthful statement about a person, published in writing or through broadcast media, that injures the person’s reputation or standing in the community. Because libel is a tort (a civil wrong), the injured person can bring a lawsuit against the person who made the false statement. Libel is a form of defamation , as is slander (an untruthful statement that is spoken, but not published in writing or broadcast through the media).
The questions we must ask:
- Are our statements here false?
- Has Sirkowski’s standing or reputation been injured?
As this is an opinion site, dedicated to critiquing the political writings of Sirkowski, it’s clear that no charge of libel could be brought, just as no movie review, no matter how harsh or insulting, could ever be challenged as libel. It wouldn’t make sense to make up statements by Sirkowski; what he writes is too hackneyed and forced to pass up. Sirkowski himself is given to wild statements about the intelligence, predilections, and probable behavior of public figures; shouldn’t turn about be fair play?